We need your help to stop the violence and build healthy neighborhoods. Join the movement with Neighbors in Action. There are many ways you can make a difference.

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Questions? Contact info@neighborsinaction.org, or call (718) 773-6886.

DONATE

To make a monetary donation to S.O.S. and Neighbors in Action, please click here.

SUPPORT

Pick up an S.O.S. “Don’t Shoot” poster from our office and put it in your window or business, stand with us at shooting responses, help plan and attend community events, share our tweets and facebook posts. Refer a young person to Youth Organizing to Save Our StreetsJustice Community Plus, or Make It Happen programs.

GET INFORMED

The first step to achieving change is to get informed. Please visit our readings page to learn about gun violence in Brooklyn and beyond, and what we can do to help stop the violence.

EDUCATE

S.O.S. and Youth Programs staff may be able to give a workshop or presentation about gun violence and our work in your school. Please call 718-773-6886 if you’re interested in S.O.S. staff involvement.

Youth Program staff are available to lead free workshops for schools and youth groups in Central Brooklyn. If you are interested in visiting our site or bringing staff to your program, please complete the Workshop Request Form HERE.

CREATE

Submit artwork to the Arts to End Violence Festival, create a public service announcement, or help S.O.S. create effective public education materials.

TALK ABOUT IT

Host a screening of The Interrupters and hold a discussion with your peers about the effects of gun violence. See a guide created by The Interrupters here.

S.O.S. and programs of Neighbors of Action are also looking for tickets to entertainment, sporting, and cultural events for participants. Please email info@neighborsinaction.org if you have access to free or reduced price tickets.

SAVE. OUR. STREETS.

Save Our Streets

Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) is a community-based effort to end gun violence in our neighborhoods.

The S.O.S. Brooklyn staff prevent gun violence from occurring in two target areas within the neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant by mediating conflicts that may end in gun violence and acting as peer counselors to the people who are at risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence. The S.O.S. teams work closely with neighborhood leaders and businesses to promote a visible and public message against gun violence, encouraging local voices to articulate that shooting is an unacceptable behavior. S.O.S. Brooklyn is a project of Neighbors in Action and the Center for Court Innovation.  The Center for Court Innovation also operates two sister S.O.S. sites in the South Bronx.

The Save Our Streets staff is comprised of Program Managers, Outreach Workers, and Violence Interrupters. The outreach staff all have first-hand knowledge of street life and live in or near the program target area. Members of the program’s outreach team use their credibility, influence, and street relationships to detect brewing conflicts and de-escalate and mediate them before they erupt in violence.

Each Outreach Worker serves as a mentor and peer counselor to a caseload of up to 15 high-risk individuals, redirecting them toward positive attitude, behavior, and lifestyle changes. Violence Interrupters concentrate on detecting conflicts and working with the rest of the team to mediate and diffuse them. Other program components are Public Education, Community Mobilization and working with faith-based leaders.

S.O.S. Brooklyn is New York’s first and longest-standing Cure Violence site. To learn more about the Cure Violence model that originated in Chicago, click here.

S.O.S. Crown Heights

S.O.S. Crown Heights works closely with local organizations, neighborhood churches and pastors, community residents and the individuals most likely to commit a shooting in the Crown Heights catchment area. The S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area (area within which the program operates) is from Kingston Avenue to Utica Avenue, and from Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway.

Contact Information for S.O.S. Crown Heights:

Rahson Johnson, Associate Director of Community Safety
rjohnson1@neighborsinaction.org
718-773-6886
256 Kingston Avenue Brooklyn NY 11213

S.O.S. Bed-Stuy

S.O.S. Bed-Stuy works closely with local organizations, neighborhood churches and pastors, community residents and the individuals most likely to commit a shooting in the Bed-Stuy catchment area. The Bed-Stuy catchment area (area within which the program operates) is from Kosciuszko Street to Madison Street and from Nostrand Avenue to Marcus Garvey Boulevard.

Contact Information for S.O.S. Bed-Stuy

Tiffany Murray, Program Manager
tmurray1@sosbedstuy.org
718-773-6886
423 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11213

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On the evening of Thursday, December 19th, over 75 neighborhood residents from the Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy communities joined in merriment for the 2019 Neighbors in Action Holiday Party. Families that attended ranged in size, stated faith, and nation of origin – but they all connected over good food, table games, and Motown holiday tunes. […]

WE REMEMBER: THE THIRD ANNUAL NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE

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On a Friday evening, tears were shed, and stories were shared among the group – some strangers, some connected. They shared stories of smiles and good times, but also of loss and the trauma. On Friday, December 6th, community members convened at Beulah UMC Fellowship Hall in Crown Heights for the Third Annual Save Our […]

CROWN HEIGHTS DECRIES VIOLENCE IN WAKE OF MASS SHOOTING

BY NEIGHBORS IN ACTION IN 

On the evening of Wednesday, October 15, 2019, staff from Neighbors in Action (NIA) and Save Our Streets (S.O.S) Brooklyn rallied with residents of Crown Heights across the street from the scene of a mass shooting that left four men dead and five others gravely injured. The tragedy left many in the neighborhood shaken, but […]

S.O.S CLERGY PARTNER HOSTS OWN COMMUNITY RALLY AFTER PARISHIONER STABBED

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On August 28th, while S.O.S. Clergy Organizer Revered Jones was away on vacation, he received a text from Rev. Chris Burton, a faithful  SOS Clergy member. Rev. Chris Burton was reaching out about the slashing of a 13 year old boy in front of P.S. 140 (141 Macon Street). It is also the location that […]

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